North East India: Reaching to remote places

1. Gyan Setu: Connecting through Knowledge Exchange    

Introduction to the Project
Gyan Setu is a program conducted across various states of India. The program is based on the idea of “National Integration through Science Popularization”.
The program consists of visits by volunteers in batches to conduct science-based workshops and camps for middle school students. Content of the workshop comprises basic science concepts that are part of the science curriculum such as centrifugal force, pressure, waves, light, etc. These are taught using experiments, demonstrations, hands on models and discussions. The workshops also include games, stories and related activities.
1. Gyan Setu- KATTA
An online platform for interaction with volunteers.
The objective of Katta is to reach maximum volunteers, introduce them to the Gyan Setu project via interactions with previously visited volunteers also introduce them to places we visit via arranging informative sessions about states.
Know our country series that started in December 2020 was continued as a part of Katta, wherein sessions were organized every month to know about ground realities and future scope of work in the respective state from the experienced person who is associated with Gyan Setu as Localhost and has experience in the domain. Honorable guests from different states were invited from April to August respectively. These online sessions gave a brief orientation of states i.e. general information about the state, cultural introduction, tourism, and also allowed the participants to interact with persons who work there, learn from their journey, experiences while working.
Arunachal Pradesh
  1. Public Service Commission (APPSC) Preliminary Examination (June to September, 2020) Guidance Program
Last six years our senior students travel to AP for this program. This year, we organized 11-week long online guidance sessions for preliminary examination from June to September. The program was conducted with the help of Shri. Sandeep Kumar who is a part of Seva Bharati, Arunachal Pradesh.
The introductory session was held on 26th June, 2020 with JP officials and coordinators in which all the students introduced themselves.
Dr. Savita Kulkarni gave a brief report about the deep-rooted connection Jnana Prabodhini has with Arunachal Pradesh and Northeastern India as well as the work it has been doing in various fields in the Northeastern states and program conducted for the last six years in Arunachal Pradesh. After this, the students gave their introduction. Program started from the next week. Three days were allotted to each subject- a revision session was held; practice test was conducted on Saturday and discussion of these tests was taken on Sunday of each week. This pattern was followed and entire syllabus was completed.
Lectures on crucial topics like study skills, management skills, strategy for tackling negative marking and studying current affairs were also conducted.

Introduction to the Project
The program was initiated after a group of young volunteers visited Left Wing Extremism affected terrain of Chhattisgarh in June 2016. Since then, six visits to the same places have taken place, the latest being in December 2019. To motivate the young minds and develop their social awareness, education has to go beyond the rigid curriculum. For this, Jnana Prabodhini emphasizes on experiential learning.

Ganesh Pooja Program
During the Ganpati festival, volunteers invited our friends from Bastar for online aarti at our place. During the 10-day festival 20 guests from 10 different states participated in this program and had wonderful interactions with us. Our families and friends could also get a chance to meet these guests and know their cultures. This proved to be a great occasion for cultural exchange and it was evident that we have many more things in common than we actually thought! We also made a small kit of prasad & gifts and sent it across India to our guests. They all were delighted with this gesture and very happy with the interactions during live programs. With all this new knowledge and experiences in the ‘new normal’ we are getting more equipped to make better judgement of things, once we resume our regular visits to Bastar and that will certainly help in a longer run.